Island Pinos

Who of you has not read "Treasure Island" - a fascinating novel by Robert Louis Stevenson? It turns out that the island, which is in question in the novel, is not a figment of the imagination of a famous writer, but exists in reality. This is island Pinos.

It turns out that the island, which is in question in the novel, is not a figment of the imagination of a famous writer, but exists in reality. This is island Pinos

In the Caribbean Sea, near the southern coast of Cuba is a small group of Cuban islands. Juventud is the largest of them. Until August 1978, it was known as the island Pinos. If you compare the map of the island in Stevenson's novel with a map drawn up in the 18th century, you can see significant similarities in their outlines. It is believed that it was on the shores of the island of Pinos that events took place, which formed the basis of an adventure novel.

Opened in 1494 by Christopher Columbus, this picturesque piece of land the Spaniards called Isla de Pinos ("Piny Island"). Destroying the local residents and making sure that there is no gold on the island, the Spanish invaders lost interest in it.

From the second half of the 16th century, once the peaceful island Pinos became the haven of pirates who from here committed countless attacks in the Caribbean Sea on the Spanish caravans.

The island Pinos for nearly 300 years was the base of pirates of all nationalities and saw all the representatives of the sea bandit brothers, who swam under the "cheerful Rogers" - Drake, Morgan, Dumper, Olon, Hall and many others. On the island Pinos, they rested after their bloody deeds and buried the appropriated treasures. Such caches were kept in deep secrecy and were marked on special maps.

Stevenson was never on the island Pinos. Perhaps he used his descriptions in the travel notes published in England by F. Drake and G. Morgan.

Only in 1830, after pirate rule, the island Pinos again passed into the hands of Spain. The Spaniards turned it into a place of exile. So the island Pinos became an island-prison.

When Spain lost its possessions and the island Pinos became part of Cuba, little has changed - it continued to be a place of exile. Is that there was a large number of adventurers who, through old, yellowed cards from time to time, searched in vain for the treasures hidden by pirates. One of the expeditions found many ancient gold and silver coins on the flooded galleon.

In the second half of the 20th century. The terrible prisons of the island Pinos were permanently liquidated, and the fertile, once-swamped lands turned into a blooming garden. Hundreds of hectares of citrus plantations have become the beauty of this piece of land. Two dozen reservoirs, built on numerous small rivers, irrigate them in the dry season. In addition, the island grows pineapples and bananas, engaged in livestock and fishing. On the island Pinos, hundreds of kilometers of beautiful highways are laid, deposits marble and wolfram ore.

On the only beaches of red and black sand in the world tourists from different countries come to rest, and only museum exhibits remind of pirates.